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Sexual Assault

206 petitions

Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Liberty University

Invite Rachael Denhollander to Speak at Liberty U. Convocation

There were many survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar, disgraced ex-doctor for the USA Gymnastics team, but Rachael Denhollander was the first to come forward--and the last to demand justice at his penultimate trial, where he was sentenced to 175 years in prison. Denhollander is also a vocal believer in Jesus Christ. Her faith has been the subject of multiple news articles, and she also published an op-ed in the New York Times, where she described being the first to go public with accusations of sexual assault: "I lost my church. I lost my closest friends as a result of advocating for survivors who had been victimized by similar institutional failures in my own community. I lost every shred of privacy." Recently, Liberty University convocation has been actively promoting the complex interlinking of justice, forgiveness, and (where possible) redemption. Speakers such as Hugh and Jill Freeze have bravely shared their personal struggles with both facing the consequences of sin and encountering the scandalous grace of God. Rachael Denhollander is uniquely capable of shining a spotlight on these issues. At the trial, she forgave Larry Nassar and assured him that complete forgiveness was available, should he ever repent. She also demanded that he be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, noted the damage his remorseless abuse had wrought, and cited Jesus' words about those who abuse children deserving severe punishment (namely, a millstone tied around their necks as they drown.) In light of Denhollander's unabashed faith, bold support of sexual abuse survivors, and courageous willingness to be the first to speak out against Nassar, I believe she would be an excellent speaker at Liberty University convocation. I, for one, would love to hear her share what she has learned about faith, forgiveness, and the fight for Christlike justice in a fallen world, especially for women and girls. If you are a current student, alumni, or friend/family member of a student/alumni at Liberty University--and you would believe Rachael Denhollander would be a fantastic speaker for the student body--please sign this petition and encourage Liberty's Office of Spiritual Development to invite Denhollander. As a current LU student, I truly hope LU takes this potential opportunity under consideration.

Laura Genn
458 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

Petition to Joseph Vallario, Kathleen Dumais, Bobby Zirkin, Thomas Miller, Michael Busch

PASS The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act. Stop Serial Rapists & Child Molesters!

The Repeat Sexual Predator Prevention Act (HB301/SB270) is back in 2018! Tell your legislators #TimesUp on serial predators claiming consent and getting away with it. Thanks to sponsors Senator Jim Brochin and Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary! Did you know? According to the CDC, one out of every five American women will experience rape during their lifetime. Every 98 seconds a person is sexually assaulted in this country. And every 8 minutes, that victim is child. Millions of men in the United States are also victims of rape. 1 out of every 10 rape victims are male. The vast majority of rapists will never be incarcerated. Only SIX out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. When victims finally get to court, they want to believe that justice is imminent. But the laws are stacked against them. In Maryland, serial predators are able to hide prior instances of rape and child molestation from juries. Today, in 2018, a defendant’s past predatory sex acts are not admitted as evidence during a trial… even if a clear pattern of assault or abuse can be established.  · If the defendant has a history of rape and assault, including any convictions—the jury will never know it. · If the defendant is a registered sex offender—the jury will never know it. · If there are other victims willing to testify and share their story—the jury will never know it. And while prosecutors cannot introduce this vital evidence, · Serial rapists can— and WILL— try to reference a victim’s sexual history despite rape shield laws. · Serial rapists can— and WILL—claim consent. · Serial rapists can—and WILL—rape again. We need your support. Help change the unimaginable reality Maryland’s victims of serial rapists and child molesters face every day. At least 35 jurisdictions and the federal government already have laws or rules enabling prosecutors to introduce this critical evidence.  It is time Maryland joined these states and stood up for survivors of rape and molestation. Sign this petition and help us to pass critical legislation that will close these loopholes, before serial rapists and child molesters continue victimizing our friends, family members, and neighbors. Sign NOW to tell your representatives in the Maryland General Assembly you won’t wait to help victims. Will they?

Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City
3,875 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Oklahoma State House, Oklahoma State Senate, Mary Fallin

Lauren’s Law - Support Consent Education In Oklahoma - Pass House Bill 2734

Lauren Atkins bravely shared her story with the world last summer. A story every parent hopes their child won’t have to face, but for many that’s all too familiar; Lauren was raped by a boy she knew from school. She was shocked to find out he had no idea what legal consent was. In the fall of 2014, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped and bullied out of the same school Lauren attends. These are not isolated incidents. Girls between 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 44% of sexual assaults happen before the age of 18. WE MUST FOCUS ON EDUCATION. Statutory laws on consent are not enough to prevent rape. Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing the horrifying statistics. Yes All Daughters has worked with Oklahoma lawmaker and former high school teacher, Representative Jacob Rosecrants, to introduce House Bill 2734 to address the need for consent and healthy relationship education. HB2734 will allow for the development of age appropriate programs on consent and healthy relationship behavior. These programs will teach students about consent and how to recognize and prevent relationship violence, including physical and emotional relationship abuse. It will also address relationship communication skills, emotional health, and accountability. Federal funds are available for this consent and safe relationship education to be implemented at the state level through Title IV-A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the last administration, the White House Council on Women and Girls Report estimated the cost of rape to be as high as $240,776 per incident, including medical services, investigations, loss of productivity, and quality of life. With the high cost of assault and federal funding available, there’s no excuse not to protect and educate our kids. Let’s do this for Lauren, the young women we started our movement for, and all the survivors who hope for a better world. SIGN OUR PETITION AND DEMAND THAT OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS MAKE OUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND SAFETY A PRIORITY BY PASSING THIS IMPORTANT BILL. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION. Call and email your legislators. Stand with us against Sexual Violence. No more Silence. No more Shame.

Yes All Daughters
67,326 supporters